Betting suspended on The Everest 12:30pm

The Opera House has previously been used to promote messages

"We are known for the Sydney Opera House; to use it to advertise a horse race is just taking advantage of it", said Aideen Keane, 16, brandishing a torch as she sat on the Opera House steps, with her mother, Lesa Hogan.

It today announced that all betting on the 2018 The TAB Everest will be suspended from 12pm AEDT, until the final barriers have been publicly displayed on the Opera House this evening.

The draw for the race, being held at Royal Randwick this Saturday, was held in confidence by Racing NSW stewards and kept under wraps until the results were revealed as part of the light show.

The controversial Opera House projection is due to take place at 8pm on Tuesday, when the barrier draw for The Everest will be projected on the Opera House sails.

Controversy has raged ever since it emerged the Opera House was going to be used to help promote The Everest, which is billed as the world's richest turf race and is a massive drawcard for tourism in NSW.

Betting on The Everest has been suspended as of midday Tuesday, with the revelation the barrier draw has been conducted but will only be made public on Tuesday night via the publicised Opera House projection.

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NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have backed the government's move to allow the advertisement despite calls to reverse the decision.

Meanwhile, Sydney radio broadcaster Jones today apologised for his on-air treatment of the Opera House CEO Louise Herron, an incendiary interview that drew accusations of bullying.

"Our house is a precious gift to the world", Mr Hall said.

The NSW Heritage Council said it was extremely disappointed with the government's decision which would turn the "international architectural masterpiece" into a billboard.

Jones had called for Louise Herron to be sacked during a testy confrontation on Friday after she ruled out allowing words or branding highlighting The Everest to be projected onto the Opera House because "it's not a billboard".

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